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9:59 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Cruise the James, Disconnected

Last year's adventurers. Courtesy of James River Expedition's Facebook page
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If you have a teenager who’s getting on your nerves - one who can’t stop texting - here’s an opportunity for both of you to take a break.  The James River Association is offering high school students a chance to cruise for a week this summer - to learn about history, science, and life. 

Thirty students will paddle three different sections of the James River for eight days  --  beginning in the mountains on June 27th.  Lead educator Kyle Burnett says the first team of ten will negotiate a series of rapids en route to Lynchburg, including Balcony Falls.

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Environment
9:25 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Weekend Tree Summit Examines Future of Forests

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Coastal parts of Virginia are already feeling the effects of climate change - flooding more often and losing land to erosion, but the state’s wooded areas are also in jeopardy, and this weekend worried tree lovers will meet in Charlottesville to talk about what’s coming and what can be done.

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Government & Politics
8:08 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Effort to Achieve Federal Recognition for Virginia Tribes Gains Traction

1624 Map of Native American tribes and their locations in Virginia.
Credit Virginia Digital Map Library, http://www.usgwarchives.net/maps/virginia/

An effort to achieve federal recognition for six Virginia Indian tribes has started to wind its way through Congress again. Supporters in the state have failed to get the legislation passed for decades.

When Virginia was settled more than four hundred years ago, the settlers found the region was already populated with Native Americans. Those tribes aren’t recognized by the US government even though they’re recognized by the British crown, as Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine explains. 

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News
3:54 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Body of Missing Pulaski Boy Found

UPDATE Thursday Evening: Authorities say the body of a 5-year-old Noah Thomas who had been missing for almost a week has been found.

Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis announced the discovery during a brief news conference last night.

“We are very saddened to announce that we have recovered the body of Noah Thomas shortly after 1 PM today (Thursday). He was found at a location near his home. His body was discovered in a septic tank during a more detailed and aggressive search. The recovery of the body is now part of our investigation, and ongoing.”

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K - 12
8:29 am
Wed March 25, 2015

State Officials Considering Superintendent Innovation Grants

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State officials are looking to local school divisions to develop some world-class, in-the-field ideas to reform education.  Following an application process, the state will award five school superintendents with $50,000 each for grants to craft innovative plans for their districts.  Superintendents are being asked to “dream big”—and contemplate how they would run their schools with complete flexibility for two years. 

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